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Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Wednesday, October 28

TODAY IS:
  • National Chocolate Day: Good thing you’ve probably got a lot of it around the house right now.
  • National First Responders Day: A good day to say thanks to the people who dedicate their lives to saving lives.
  • National Make a Difference Day: A good day to do something nice for someone.

Kids begging for a puppy is nothing new. In fact, according to research, starting at around age 6, the average kid will beg their parents for a dog about 11 times a month – or about 1,600 times before they turn 18. Be prepared, parents: the begging gets even more intense around the holidays. 62% of kids who’ve asked their parents for a dog get even more persistent during the holiday season, asking seven more times per month. And this year, that persistence may pay off. One-third of parents surveyed said they are planning to get their child a puppy this holiday season. (SWNS)

Speaking of pets … Seems people are going to the polls … with their pets in mind. A new survey by Banfield Pet Hospital found that 65% of pet owners said they take their pet into consideration when voting on different issues – like climate change. And when it comes to election night, 53% of the pet owners polled said they’d rather spend the night with their furry friend than with their roommate or significant other. But pets could be the thing that brings a politically divided nation together. 64% of pet owners said they’d be more inclined to engage with someone with different political views if they knew that person had a pet. (People)

Here’s more proof that hard seltzer isn’t just for summer anymore … Bud Light just announced an Ugly Sweater 12-pack of their Hard Seltzers, featuring three new holiday flavors: Gingersnap, Peppermint Pattie, and Apple Crisp. They’ll be available starting November 2nd. (Thrillist)

A new survey by DoorDash reveals that 84% of parents steal Halloween candy from their kids. The most stolen candy by parents … Snickers bar (26%) followed by Twix (16%) and M&M’s (15%).

Music News – Wednesday, October 28

Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani are engaged! Finally! Gwen made the post Instagram official Tuesday.
Blake also posted the sweet picture on his page, writing, “Hey @gwenstefani thanks for saving my 2020… And the rest of my life.. I love you. I heard a YES!”

Ed Sheeran just topped Heat magazine’s annual list of Britain’s richest under-30 celebrities — for the final time.
Ed, who’s 29, will age out of the top spot next year, but he’ll be going out with a fortune of $275 million, a lot of which is tied up in his huge real estate portfolio. Harry Styles is worth just shy of $100 million, and took over second place from Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe, who hit the big three-oh himself this past year.
Harry’s former One Direction bandmates all made showings on the list as well. Niall Horan checked in at number-four, Louis Tomlinson in sixth, Liam Payne in seventh and new dad Zayn Malik in ninth.

Sam Smith plans to atone for a long-ago crime on Friday — by returning a coffee mug their mom swiped from the famed Abbey Road studios when Sam was a teenager.
Sam posted a photo of the mug online, then told the story of the heist on Australian talk show The Project. They initially claimed to be the mastermind, then said, “I will be honest, I didn’t take it, my mum took it. Seriously, my mum put it in the handbag. I didn’t have a handbag. It was a mug, an Abbey Road mug, Abbey Road is such a sanctuary of music… [I] wanted a piece of that sanctuary at home.”
Sam will have the chance to return the booty when they play a one-off show at Abbey Road on Friday to celebrate the release of their new album Love Goes.

The Daily Dish – Tuesday, October 27

Viewers of The Wendy Williams Show last Friday were concerned for the host’s health. Wendy acted erratic during a Hot Topics segment. Her words were disjointed, sometimes not finishing sentences and mispronouncing names.
Backstage there were whispers about Wendy’s sobriety. Nearly two years ago, she entered a rehab around the time of her divorce. Yet a former employee said most of Wendy’s staff is afraid to confront her. (quote) “This is going to play out bad.”
On Monday, Wendy Williams addressed the rumors about her health. She said, (quote) “I try to do the best that I can for you. I appreciate you watching, but even after all of these years, it’s still work. I guess every day is not perfect, but I’m not a perfectionist. I’m not perfect.”
If another taping goes badly like Friday, producers reportedly have evergreen repeat episodes to air in its place. (E! News)

Dwayne Johnson does not quit in the gym. Even when he’s bloodied himself.
On Monday, The Rock shared at Instagram how he busted open an eyebrow. Blood dripped down his face, then he wiped it away and stuck his finger in his mouth. (quote) “I can confirm my blood tastes like [my tequila brand] Teremana, calluses and BlaMoan [black and Samoan] hot sauce.”
Johnson blamed the accident on throwing around a 50-pound chain until muscle failure. He joked, (quote) “Sometimes you get lumped up and need stitches. Taste your own blood, keep working out and stitch up later — rules of the house.” (The Hollywood Reporter)

This most unusual season of The Bachelorette has a new twist: Clare Crawley now hints that producers forced her out.
Up until now, the story has been that Clare quit because she and Dale Moss immediately fell in love and wanted to get married. She refused to continue the charade of fake dates with the other men.
Then over the weekend, Clare sprinkled a bread crumb trail of “likes” at Twitter. Each of the posts defended Clare and blamed producers for her exit. There’s even a theory that they invited the replacement BacheloretteTayshia Adams, to quarantine several days before ousting Clare. She wouldn’t have chosen to depart “considering how bad she wanted to be a Bachelorette.”
More details will be revealed Tuesday night when The Bachelorette airs on ABC. (Entertainment Tonight)

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Tuesday, October 27

TODAY IS:
  • Navy Day: It’s a day to salute all the men and women who have served, both past and present, in the United States Navy.
  • National Black Cat Day: It’s NOT a day to be superstitious, but, instead, to celebrate these beautiful felines.
  • National American Beer Day: A good day to drink an American beer.

What are the most attractive qualities a person can have? A global study of 14,000 people in 45 countries found that the three most attractive qualities a person can have are: Kindness, intelligence and good health. (Best Life)

Do you miss the office? A new survey found that two-thirds of respondents miss going into the office. And what do they miss most about it? Being face to face with co-workers, office gossip, their desks, and going to lunch. According to the survey, these are the Top 10 Things Workers Miss About Their Workplace:
  1. Being face to face with people
  2. The office banter
  3. Simply asking someone a question out loud rather than messaging
  4. Working in a team
  5. Their office desk
  6. Hearing office gossip
  7. Their office chair
  8. Catching up about people’s weekends
  9. The printer
  10. Lunch breaks with colleagues (SWNS)

Think you’ve seen every pumpkin-flavored product? Think again. Apparently, there is such a thing as pumpkin pie-flavored milk. Yep, a dairy brand called Rutter’s makes a limited-edition pumpkin-pie flavored milk. (Delish)

A new study by Sorbonne University in Paris reveals that drinking Diet Coke could be just as bad as drinking fat. Artificially sweetened drinks and sugary beverages increase the risk of heart disease by 20%. Researchers spent a decade studying the effects of the drinks on the human body.
Lead researcher Eloi Chazelas tells the Daily Mail newspaper, ”Higher intakes of sugary drinks and artificially sweetened beverages were associated with a higher risk of cardiovascular diseases, suggesting that artificial sweeteners might not be a healthy substitute for sugary drinks.”

Music News – Tuesday, October 27

This year’s American Music Awards nominees were announced yesterday.
Artist of the Year nominees include The Weeknd, Justin Bieber, Post Malone and Taylor Swift, among others.
The American Music Awards will air on ABC on November 22nd.

Harry Styles must be pretty sure that he’ll be playing arenas again soon –because he’s just bought part of a big one in Manchester, England.
Harry, who grew up in the north of England, is a major investor in Co-Op Live, which would be the country’s largest indoor venue if the 2023 opening goes as planned. It’s also being designed as the most environmentally sustainable arena in Europe. The folks behind the project say Styles “will be actively involved in the development of the project, with a particular focus on fans, unique premium and hospitality areas, and artist spaces.”
Greater Manchester is currently under the highest COVID-19 alert levels in the country, meaning public gatherings of all kinds are strictly prohibited. (Variety)

Britney Spears‘ efforts to free herself from her dad’s conservatorship just got a boost from a longtime employee — who compares her situation to that of the women in the horror story A Handmaid’s Tale.
Brit’s makeup artist, known only as Maxi, told the Calababes podcast, “We’re talking about some Handmaid’s Tale-type things to keep her from having a baby. I can’t detail it and I’m not gonna specifically say, but I will say for sure, she would’ve had a baby by now. She would’ve probably been married to [boyfriend] Sam [Asghari] by now. She would have groups of friends around her.”
In the most recent round of court dates, lawyers compared Brit to “a coma patient.”

Happy Headline from United Federal Credit Union – Monday, October 26

In Mason City, Iowa, a hero police dog named Kilo was able to locate a two-year-old boy who had wandered away from home.
It seems the toddler went for a walk with the family dog — without telling his family.
The family called the Mason City Police Department for help, and K9 Kilo and Officer Duane Kemna started to track the scent. It all worked out.
Kilo was able to track the missing child along a creek to a neighbor’s property, where he was found sitting with the family dog by his side. He had removed his wet socks, shoes and coat.
The boy was safely returned home — thanks to the skills of K9 Kilo.

The Daily Dish – Monday, October 26

Arnold Schwarzenegger had a third operation to correct a heart defect. Cleveland Clinic surgeons replaced his aortic valve.
The 73-year-old actor Instagrammed a hospital photo with the message, (quote) “I feel fantastic and have already been walking the streets of Cleveland enjoying your amazing statues. Thank you to every doc and nurse on my team!”
Two years ago, Arnold underwent emergency surgery to replace another heart valve that helps blood flow to the lungs. His first heart surgery dates back to 1997. Doctors replaced Arnold’s aortic valve, which was replaced again over the weekend. (E! News)

Felicity Huffman is a totally free woman.
According to her legal team, she’s completed all aspects of her sentence in that college-admissions scam. She’s finished with supervised release, and has long since done her 250 hours of community service. She served her two weeks in prison months ago.
Felicity pleaded guilty last year to paying someone $15,000 to take her daughter Sophia‘s PSAT to boost her chances of getting into a good school. (TMZ)

Variety magazine says MGM has explored the possibility of selling the new James Bond movie, “No Time To Die”, to a streaming service for $600 million. The film has already lost between $30 million and $50 million due to the pandemic. Apple TV and Netflix are the two most likely streaming services to buy the film

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Monday, October 26

National Pumpkin Day: A good day to carve a pumpkin.

Halloween is this weekend, but that hasn’t stopped the Hallmark Channel. Hallmark’s Christmas movies started over the weekend, and you may have noticed a familiar voice. Gwen Stefani’s “Here This Christmas” will serve as the theme for the channel’s Countdown to Christmas. It’s one of five new songs on Gwen’s re-issued deluxe edition of her You Make It Feel Like Christmas album. (People)

Seems coronavirus has made many people in relationships much closer. A survey by online jeweler Angara.com found that 32% of women said that the pandemic made them realize that their current partner was “the one.” And 46% of those surveyed said that one month of living with their partner during quarantine felt like being in a relationship for a year – which may be why people are seeing their current partner as “the one.” (SWNS)

It looks like working from home is going to be the way of the future … and in order to make a separation between “the office” and home, people are building tiny backyard offices. Basically, they are she-sheds – for work. And a number of companies have popped up that will build these office sheds for you. One such company is Illinois based INshed. The company started making tiny offices in June and expects to fill 20 orders this month. The offices cost between $10,000 and $15,000, depending on customization. (Insider)

We live in a texting world, but according to researchers, if you really want to connect with a person, you should pick up the phone. Seems like a no-brainer, but a new study published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology found that calling someone created stronger social bonds than communicating through texting or email. (Best Life)

Yahoo News says too much Halloween candy can have a toxic effect on your brain. Renowned psychotherapist and brain health expert Dr. Teralyn Sell tells Yahoo, “In adults or in children, extensive use of sugar can precipitate mental health problems, Adults might be anxious, fatigued, and irritable while children might be hyperactive, lack focus and concentration, and have a tantrum. Make sure your kids eat higher protein snacks before and after candy, This will help stabilize blood sugar and help to avoid mood issues. In general, avoid using sugar as a reward mechanism. And to prevent the Halloween haul from affecting your sleep cycle, avoid snacking on candy before bed. Instead, opt for a small protein snack.”

Music News – Monday, October 26

Adele wasn’t expected to sing during her first time hosting Saturday Night Live this weekend. The show had R-and-B artist H.E.R. (pr: Her) as musical guest, but you figured they might work a vocal in somewhere — and they did.
Despite explaining at the top of her opening monologue that she wouldn’t be singing because her new album’s not finished and she was too scared to both host and sing, Adele did what amounted to a hits medley during a sketch that had her playing herself as a contestant on The Bachelor. With interruptions in between, she sang snippets of  “Someone Like You,”  “When We Were Young,” “Hello” and “Rolling in the Deep,” before finishing with a longer excerpt from “Someone Like You.”

The way to Lewis Capaldi’s heart is through his stomach — as he proved by taking part in a quirky experiment that tried to match up singles through their favorite foods.
The trial was set up after a recent survey of British singles showed that one in four said they’d only get serious about someone who liked the same grub they do. In the test, Lewis tasted three dishes created by mystery gals and struggled to make his decision, but landed on a plate of chicken nachos made by a woman named Megan.
Capaldi was asked if the experience would end up on his upcoming album, and he seemed to like the idea. He says, “Yes. I’ve always wanted to do culinary-themed music, and I’ve always said there is a market for it. ‘Megan’s Nachos’ coming 2021.” (Edinburgh News)

Ed Sheeran fanatics will have a chance to buy his actual “Lego House,” among other relics, at a charity auction his parents are staging in his hometown.
Most of the items up for bids were part of the Ed Sheeran: Made in Suffolk exhibition, which rolled out at a nearby museum last year. The goodies include handwritten lyrics to “Perfect,” a ticket to Ed’s first ever gig in Framlingham and, yes, the Lego set he played with as a child.
Proceeds from the auction which ends November 8th, will go towards supporting young people in Ed’s home county of Suffolk, including renovation of a playground in Ipswich. (BBC)

Furry Friends Friday with Sterling at Berrien County Animal Control – October 23

Berrien County Animal Control’s featured pet is Sterling: A very adorable Cattle Dog-Hound mix.  Sterling likes hikes, walks and runs. Lots of energy… Wild Child is his nickname!  Sterling’s personality is as strong as his desire for a forever home. Adopt him and say goodbye to boredom. After a day of fun, Sterling is ready for a doggy nap!  Good with dogs, kids; house trained, neutered and microchipped!  Please contact Berrien County Animal Control at 269-927-5648 for more information about our very adorable Sterling.... [Read Full Story]

Happy Headline from United Federal Credit Union – Friday, October 23

14-year-old Anika Chebrolu of Frisco, Texas, was named the winner of the 2020 3M Young Scientist Challenge, a competition for middle school scientists.
She started her project two years ago, researching the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918. And then, the coronavirus hit and Anika shifted her focus to the modern pandemic we’re facing.
Anika worked with a database of almost 698 million molecules and made a powerful discovery that could actually lead to a potential cure.
She was thrilled to win the $25,000 grand prize, but is also proud to be an example to other kids, showing them that they can accomplish anything they want.

The Daily Dish – Friday, October 23

OK! magazine claims Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani are allegedly feeling pressure to get engaged on ”The Voice.” A source tells the magazine, “The entire cast of Blake, Kelly Clarkson, John Legend and Gwen are all feeling extreme pressure to bring in the ratings this season. With the pandemic, it has been difficult building the same excitement around the show, which is why the personal life of every single person sitting in a red chair will now be highlighted even more than ever before — with Blake and Gwen feeling pressured to deliver a ‘surprise’ engagement proposal on the show. The absence of a live audience is a huge loss for the show and the performers who thrive on the energy from the crowd, which is why the show needs as many tricks and gimmicks to bring the excitement to the show. Nothing would be more exciting than Blake or maybe Gwen dropping down to one knee and popping the question in front of all of America. These two met and fell in love on the show, so this would be a full circle moment. Plus, it would ensure that Nick Jonas wouldn’t be invited back next season to replace Gwen!”

E! News says an Elton John inspired Barbie doll went on sale yesterday. The doll has bell bottom j eans, electric boots and pink sunglasses. Elton says, “Barbie is an icon in her own right, so having her pay tribute to my work and personal style is a real honor. I hope that she inspires fans everywhere to fearlessly pursue their own dreams and limitless potential.”
The new Barbie can be purchased at Walmart.

Carole Baskin isn’t laughing at Joe Exotic‘s new underwear line — which features “Casket Baskin Briefs.”
The bloomers show a hand holding a red ice cream cone as blood rains down. Carole’s legal team has sent a cease-and-desist letter to Joe and the makers of the line, according to TMZ.
She’s threatening legal action if the merch isn’t pulled.
TMZ says the Casket Baskin boxer briefs, which go for $29, are Joe’s “top seller.”

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Friday, October 23

TODAY IS: National iPod Day: Apple introduced the iPod on October 23rd, 2001.

So, according to a new study, dogs are more partial to certain kinds of music – specifically, reggae and soft rock. Researchers from the University of Glasgow in Scotland and the Scottish SPCA found that those two genres of music made pups happiest. Other studies have found that classical music has a calming effect on dogs, while heavy metal increases stress and anxiety. So, it sounds like you should keep The Coast on all day in the house to keep yourself, and your puppies, happy.

I’m kinda surprised it took this long, but Bravo is launching a Real Housewives wine. Bravo has teamed up with Washington state’s Nocking Point Wines to create three wines inspired by the show: The Real House Red, The Real House White and The Real House Rosé. (Food & Wine)

The Daily Mail says MIT scientists have developed a battery-powered coronavirus mask that heats up to 194 degrees and kills coronavirus germs on contact. The copper mesh mask is designed to be worn by medical professionals in areas where covid-19 exposure is high.

It’s that time of year … time to start thinking about your ugly holiday sweater. And it doesn’t get any spicier than a Flamin’ Hot Cheetos Ugly Sweater.  For just $60 you can make a fiery statement with a bright orange sweater that features Chester Cheetah inside an orange holiday wreath. Of course, there are flames everywhere. You can find it on BoxLunch.com. (The Takeout)

And, it appears COVID is already ruining Christmas. Macy’s has announced that Santa Claus won’t be seeing children at its flagship store in New York City because of the coronavirus. Over 250,000 people see Santa at Macy’s every year. The tradition started nearly 160 years ago. Santa won’t be greeting guests at the Chicago Macy’s either

Music News – Friday, October 23

The Irish Mirror says Ed Sheeran is auctioning off his childhood toys and handwritten lyrics to benefit several UK charities.

Justin Bieber tells Business Insider that he’s learned from the many mistakes he’s made. “I just felt like I lost my place for a while. I lost my purpose, and I wanted to just be light and let people know that whether you don’t feel like you have a purpose, whether you’re just trying to figure it out, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.”

Lewis Capaldi tells The Sun newspaper that he is hard at work on his next album. “I’ve got loads of songs done for it. I’ve written about 30 so far in the course of lockdown — it’s been a fruitful and a busy pandemic for me, but four of them are good. There are four songs that I’m pretty pleased with.”

KRON says Beyonce recently sent flowers and cards to a 13 year-old Oakland teen, who is battling brain cancer. Lyric Jacks is currently in a Houston hospital where she is receiving treatment.

The Daily Dish – Thursday, October 22

Quibi, the mobile streaming service that launched earlier this year, is already shutting down.
Co-founder Jeffrey Katzenberg called investors on Wednesday to break the news. Deadline says the “management team is exploring options including selling content — it has 100 shows — or the entire service should a buyer emerge.”
It should take several months to wind down the short-form streaming platform, which is available only on mobile devices.
Anna Kendrick and Kiefer Sutherland were among the big names who had shows.

Sharon Osbourne mentioned her various suicide attempts earlier this month on The Talk, but she elaborates in a recent interview with The New York Post.
The talk-show host says, “People look at me like, ‘Oh, she’s so strong. She’s such a loudmouth, she’s this, she’s that.’ But that’s just one side of me. When you’re the matriarch of a family and run a business and work at your own career, things just pile up.”
Sharon attempted suicide three times, the most recent time in 2015. She explains, “I was at the point several times where I just couldn’t take it anymore.”
The star, who’s been married to rocker Ozzy Osbourne for 38 years, says she wants to help remove the stigma associated with mental-health issues. Sharon reveals that she keeps her mental health in check with medication and therapy.

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Thursday, October 22

TODAY IS:
  • National Caps Lock Day
  • National Smart Is Cool Day
  • National Make a Dog’s Day

Want to turn your partner on? Do some chores. Yep, a new survey found that 58% of respondents say they’ve been turned on by watching their partner doing chores. According to the survey, men are slightly more turned on by it than women. 61% of men said seeing their significant other do chores was a turn-on as compared to 56% of women. And what chore is the sexiest? 62% said it was watching someone cook.

You know what else is sexy? Doing chores together. 49% of survey respondents said doing chores with their partner had turned into a romp. And no surprise – the chore done together that was most likely to lead to sex was making the bed. (Best Life)

Yes, we are in the middle of pumpkin spice season … and even the Captain has gotten in on it. Captain Morgan has released a Jack-O’-Blast Pumpkin Spiced rum – and it even comes in a pumpkin-shaped bottle. Wonder how Pumpkin Spiced rum tastes in a Pumpkin Spice Latte … (Delish)

Yes, the movies have returned to Southwest Michigan. Celebration Cinema tells MoodyontheMarket.com that they will reopen their Benton Harbor location on Friday. The theater has been closed since the pandemic started in March. And perhaps the best part of the reopening is the news that seats will be socially distanced between patrons in each theater, so those of you who don’t enjoy sitting near or next to people you don’t know will be excited to know you might get half of a row to yourself. Or, you can have the entire theater…Celebration is also offering entire theater rentals for small groups of family and friends to get together, including a movie, pop and popcorn for all, for a couple hundred bucks.

Music News – Thursday, October 22

The nominees for the 63rd Grammy Awards will be announced via an hour-long livestream on November 24th.
Recording Academy Chair and Interim President and CEO Harvey Mason Junior will be joined by past Grammy winners, nominees and hopefuls from remote locations across the country as he reveals the nominees for all 84 categories on Grammy.com.
Immediately following, the complete nominees list will be available through Grammy.com and the Recording Academy’s social media platforms.
The Grammys will air on January 31st on CBS.

Kelly Clarkson takes requests at her concerts, and it turns out she does the same during her talk show.
She proved that on Tuesday by devoting her “Kelly-Oke” segment to a version of Norah Jones‘s timeless “Don’t Know Why” — which she chose for a heartwarming reason. A fan named Stephanie from Baltimore asked Kel to tackle the tune because of her personal connection to it: Stephanie’s first-ever concert was a Norah Jones show that her mom brought her to when she was 12 years old. Her mom and bridesmaids later walked down the aisle to “Don’t Know Why” at her wedding.

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Happy Headline from United Federal Credit Union – Wednesday, October 21

A teenager in Forsyth County, Georgia, has turned her passion for making jewelry into a charity effort that helps a hospital in India.
A few years ago, Dhriti Pentela visited India and volunteered at a hospital that runs entirely off donations.
She was so amazed by what she saw that she wanted make an impact after returning back home to Georgia.
So, she created a charity organization called Empathy Designs, which allows her to create and sell jewelry — and then send the profits to that hospital.
Her website, EmpathyDesigns.org, is now her online store and it features earrings, necklaces and bracelets.
The effort has been such a big success that she now donates to multiple organizations, both overseas and in her community.
Dhriti says it “feels amazing” to do something she loves — that also makes a difference in communities all around the world.

The Daily Dish – Wednesday, October 21

It’s been a couple of years since anyone has seen Bill Cosby, but TMZ has obtained his updated mugshot and he’s not looking good.
The 83-year-old disgraced comedian, who was sentenced in 2018 to three-to-ten years in a Pennsylvania prison for sexually assaulting Andrea Constand, appears unshaven and an in need of a haircut as he cracks a small smile. It’s the first time anyone has seen him since his last mugshot which was taken two years ago.

Ever wanted to smell like Anthony Hopkins? Here’s your chance.
The onetime Hannibal Lecter has launched his own fragrance collection. His perfume, Anthony Hopkins AH Eau de Parfum, is described as “a timeless elegant fragrance for men and women” that will “awaken your soul and unleash what’s hidden inside your heart.”
The Oscar-winner tells Vogue, “Aromas are a form of meditation, they simply change my psychology. Whether I’m playing music or painting in my studio, fragrance creates a mood of peace and invokes a strange sense of gratitude.”
The line also includes candles and diffusers.

Jussie Smollett is back in show business, but this time he’s behind the camera.
The former Empire star, who was accused of faking a hate crime nearly two years ago, is directing a movie called B-Boy Blues in New York City.
Jussie directed two episodes of Empire and several music videos.
The star still claims his “attack” really happened and he still faces criminal charges and a civil lawsuit from the City of Chicago in the case.

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Wednesday, October 21

TODAY IS:
  • Apple Day
  • Pumpkin Cheesecake Day
  • Reptile Awareness Day

Jeff Bridges has been in the news this week, after revealing the sad news that he has been diagnosed with lymphoma. But Bridges is ready to face the challenge – with his wife of 43 years, Susan Geston, by his side. In a recent interview with Today he revealed that he always carries a photo with him of the moment he and his wife spoke for the very first time. It was taken by the makeup artist on the set of the 1975 movie Rancho Deluxe. Susan, who turned him down when he first asked her out, was a local in the small Montana town where the movie was filmed. 10 years into their marriage, the makeup artist who took the picture sent him a copy … and he’s kept it in his wallet ever since.

Now here’s a costume that really captures 2020 … You can now dress as a Franzia wine box. Franzia is selling the costumes for $25 via their online store. You can choose a Chillable Red or a Sunset Blush. (Delish)

Just when you thought a law school graduate going into labor while taking the bar exam was impressive, along comes Makenna Myler. The 28-year-old ran a mile last week in just 5 minutes and 25 seconds — an impressive feat for anyone — but she did it while nine months pregnant and just a week shy of her due date. Her husband captured her run on video and shared it on TikTok.

47% of engagements happen between Thanksgiving and New Year’s – and if you’re a millennial or gen-z’er looking for an over-the-top proposal, two hotels in Santa Monica, California, are here for you. Shutters on the Beach and Hotel Casa del Mar are offering a “The Sky’s the Limit” engagement package – and when they say the sky’s the limit, they’re not kidding. The packages, which begin at $9,900, include the engagement ring delivered by a drone and the entire proposal filmed by hidden cameras and a second drone, so you can use the footage on your social media later. The package also includes a one-night stay in an ocean-view suite, a bottle of champagne, dinner for two, and a fully-produced engagement documentary. Not enough for you? You can upgrade the package with a number of options – including having a message on the Ferris wheel at the Santa Monica Pier that reads, “Marry Me.” (Travel & Leisure)

Music News – Wednesday, October 21

Shawn Mendes pulls back the curtain on his life in the first trailer for his Netflix documentary In Wonder and reveals… He’s just like the rest of us.
In the clip he says, “This isn’t the story of a famous musician. This is a story about a guy growing up. I used to feel like my idols were born legendary. That’s just not the truth. If I tell the world that I’m just a normal human, are they just going to stop coming to the shows? Maybe I should pretend that I’m Superman for a little bit longer.”
In Wonder hits Netflix on November 23rd. Wonder drops on December 4th.

If you celebrate Christmas, chances are you hear “Silent Night” every year, but how much do you know about the classic song?
Well, you’ll get schooled on the history of the tune when Kelly ClarksonJosh Groban and Katherine McPhee gather for Silent Night – A Song for the World, a musical documentary that promises musical performances and enlightenment. For instance, did you know that “Silent Night” caused a Christmas ceasefire in World War One? Or that Bing Crosby’s version is still the third best-selling single ever.